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Cavern Stomp - The Complete Recordings CD

4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (28 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rpm
  • ASIN: B002KGVAYM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. What'd I Say
  2. Don't Start Running Away
  3. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah
  4. Reelin' and Rockin'
  5. Bring It On Home to Me
  6. Some Other Guy
  7. Let True Love Begin
  8. By the Way
  9. Cavern Stomp
  10. I'm With You
  11. Peanut Butter
  12. If You Ever Change Your Mind (Bring It On Home to Me)
  13. You've Got to Keep Her Under-hand
  14. High School Confidential
  15. If You Ever Change Your Mind (Bring It On Home to Me)
  16. Some Other Guy
  17. Lavender Blue
  18. Rockin' Robin
  19. Always
  20. I Got It
  21. Angel Baby
  22. Just a Little Bit
  23. Let It Rock
  24. Money
  25. I Know
  26. I Can't Believe You Want to Leave
  27. All of Me
  28. Price of Love
  29. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
  30. If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody
  31. Lucille

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Back in Liverpool in the early 60s, only one band threatened to rival the Fab Four for sheer verve and energy onstage - and that was The Big Three. Driven by the almight drum sticks of one Johnny Hutchinson (who sat in with the Beatles for a week or so in 1962), the band were the loudest, most powerful band on the circuit. Having lost out on the Fabs, Decca snapped them up but never quite did the band justice, except perhaps on the classic At The Cavern EP. This wonderful new RPM CD combines the Big Three's entire Decca output with an obscure reunion album from 1973 for Polydor, featuring new versions of such Big Three classics as "Some Other Guy" and other rock'n'roll and R&B staples from their original live set. There's a definite sense here of what might have been rather than what actually was - but still, this is a vital cog in the wheel of the British Beat story. Bassist Johnny Gustafson famously went on to play with Roxy Music, The Pirates, Ian Gillan, etc.
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This an amazing set from The Big Three. It captures all their recordings expecially the five tracks Live at the Cavern. Brian Griffiths is my guitar teacher here in Canada and has many tales of the Liverpool scene. There are many reasons why they didn't make a run at it but the legacy is the first 15 tracks on this disc, these track outweight the regretable 'Resurrection'period of the group. These 1973 recording failed to capture what they had started in the early sixties and is marred by poor recording, and lack of energy or direction. These are still rare tracks and an important slice of Mersey history.
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This is an excellent CD featuring The Big Three-one of the best groups to come out of Liverpool,but a group that never reached its full potential.
The first part of this cd covers the 1960s period and was by far their best,the first five tracks live from the Cavern-magic!

The second part of the cd from the 70s was not the Big Three as I knew them and is rather "flat" and certainly misses the drumming and vocals of Johnny Hutchinson and Brian Griffiths guitar not very exciting,with Johnny Gustafsons singing poor.

But well worth buying for the original Big Three tracks which still sound raw and exciting.
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I was a teenager in Liverpool in the 1960s and know about the Big Three who were the best of the Merseybeat groups that didn't make it. I didn't know about this rare CD until I saw it on Amazon, Excellent CD with all their recorded output and really well written and detailed notes - and a great price. Brilliant!
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Great band live.... CD is a huge disappointment, take away the "By the Way" period and you can see why the band did not sustain success! Such a shame that some bands just can't bottle their live excitement!
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The Big Three didn't have a lot of output but everything they did release is on this CD. Great value at the price, and main reason I bought it was for the first 5 tracks - which is the live EP At The Cavern.

At one time in the early days at The Cavern before the whole thing hit, The Big Three were almost equal to The Beatles. And apart from that EP they never really transferred the same excitement they had on stage to record. All the A & B sides of the singles are on here (tracks 6 to 15), they were good pop songs but maybe not the right material for The Big Three.

For various reasons they never reached their potential on record, and The Beatles became the biggest band in the world, and The Big Three just a footnote in pop history.

They were a very powerful stage act with plenty of raw energy and a great sound. But their records never captured the feel of what they were like live.

Tracks 16 to 31 is the 1973 reunion album Resurrection, a rather half-hearted attempt at a comeback, but by then it was all over. Beatles had split 4 years ago, and music had moved on into the Punk and Glam Rock era, and by 1973 The Big Three were a band out of time.

So you have the complete recordings on one CD, and worth the price just for the Cavern EP.
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I have my doubts about the actual location of the recording of the Big 3's famous 'cavern'-ep. The sound is better than what was the standard for live-recordings of the era. This doesn't really add up with the Cavern's confined space of wet, tiled masonry. That aside, the EP is absolutely brilliant as is the rest of the Big 3's recorded output of the 60's. You have a rough, vibrant and primitive 60's sound that just missed the right producer to be absolutely second-to-none.
The 1973 'Resurrection' album is a different kettle of fish. I don't like it very much because of its lack of energy and vibe. It is as if you can hear that, by 1973, straight rock'n roll had to be delivered with a certain distance to be accepted. This Rpm compilation therefore is a strange half-a-mind affair. Still, the first 15 tracks are worth the price of admission.
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I was a REGULAR CAVERN-ite, both Lunch Times & Evenings, only living a mile from the Cavern. THE BIG THREE was a Favourite of us ALL, Regular Cavern-ites (STOMPERS). This C.D brought back SO MANY memories of my youth. Whilst playing it I could still see the CONDENSATION dripping of those Cavern Walls after a Heavy Beat Night ! Just BUY IT to be transformed back to the 60s, just like I was.
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